Connector

Grace Kim

Grace Kim first worked at a marketing startup. Since, she worked at the U.S. Department of State at the Office of Korean Affairs, Consular Affairs, Office of Analytics, and Office of the Secretary, Policy Planning Staff, where she worked on foreign policy priorities in East Asia, tech platform management for security and safety tools, conducted data-driven digital diplomacy campaigns, and partnerships with government agencies and private entities. Her involvement includes the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Road to GES, and Engage America. She fundraised and hosted events in DC activating policymakers, investors, philanthropists, technologists, and nonprofit founders including the DC hub of the Global People’s Summit. In Seoul Korea, she recently consulted for a fund in Korea with the former President of Korea Overseas International Cooperation Agency mapping out impact investing opportunities across asset classes. She is currently with a Venture Capital firm surveying state of technologies in South Korea. Grace received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

After my stint at State Dept., and working with the impact finance community, I would like to continue working in the space of connecting political risk analysts (i.e. former diplomats, field policy advisors) to investors interested in investing in the space. I am fascinated by how do-ers could connect with the know-ers to allow for on-the-ground partnerships to blossom.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

I would absolutely hope for more an environment where more investments are enabled through partnerships with trusted parties.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

I have a thorough understanding of the kind of partnerships and opportunities lie in working with the State Department. I also understand the impact investment ecosystem in South Korea and can also connect with key impact-focused family offices in Asia. I can also give community management and communications advice for those interested in building up their own network.
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